Cargo, A Drama Thriller in Solitary Confinement
Cargo Film Details
Director: James Dylan
Writer: James Dylan
Release Date: 2017 (USA)
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 20min
A man wakes trapped inside a cargo container with only a cell phone and is given 24 hours by his kidnappers to raise ten million dollars in ransom or die.
Cargo falls into the trappings of a particular theme. These narratives draw on solitary confinement and placing the protagonist in a life-threatening situation. Another plot addition includes a race against the clock. This component can vary yet puts the protagonist and/or his relatives in harm’s way. A scan at IMDb can get countless films that complement and/or duplicate one another in this genre. The illustrating example of this film theme is James Wan’s 2004 Thriller. Wan’s film moved into a different direction with its subsequent franchise extensions.
In Dylan’s film, the protagonist becomes a slave to his aggressor. This character’s free will becomes nonexistent. Another hint to the narrative is the ransom. Although not mentioned expect the protagonist to receive a compelling time frame. This not only heightens the desperation it gives audiences a measure of anxiety. While examining the trailer it was tough not to identify the correlation with Giorgio Serafini’s 2017 Thriller. The anecdotes are identical in some facets. Whit that stated, both films receiving the same release date. It would interest to observe the increasing similarities from both films.
The cinematography exhibited in the Cargo trailer is extraordinary. There is an appreciation for the random camera angles, each inducing high emotional tension. One feature of this promotional video is the soundtrack. Thorsten Quaeschning of Tangerine Dream provides the melodic content to Dylan’s film. Tangerine Dream is a band this journalist is most acquainted with. To hear Quaeschning’s music heighten this Production is wonderful.
While Cargo may have familiar tropes, this is a genre with little contributors. There is adequate room in this creative landscape to present creative ideas. The market for these films hasn’t grown over saturated. Once it arrives at that degree the theme would suffer an identical decline as found footage films.
Here’s a fascinating fact; the novelization to Cargo will circulate in January 2018 by Bloodhound Books. Be certain to consider that book for a read!